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Eddie From Ohio

This folk-rock quartet from the Washington, D.C./suburban Virginia area was only formed in 1991, but they've quickly become favorites on the folk festival circuit with their jazzy, rootsy blend of folk-rock. The group's popularity grew with the growth of Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations in the 1990s, and their crossover appeal prevented them from being labeled purely a folk act.

Composed of Julie Murphy (vocals), Robbie Schaefer (guitar and vocals), Eddie Hartness (percussion and vocals) and Michael Clem (guitar, bass, harp and vocals), the quartet came together in northern Virginia when longtime friends Schaefer and Clem decided to form an acoustic rock trio with Murphy, a mutual friend from high school choir. Hartness was recruited soon after the group's formation to add percussion treatments. A year later, Clem and Murphy were able to leave their day jobs and the band began to attract growing crowds to its residency show on Tuesday nights at Bad Habits Grille in Arlington, VA. They got the name Eddie from Ohio from Hartness, whose girlfriend started calling him "Eddie from Ohio" after eD fROMOHIO, a member of the now-defunct group fIREHOSE.

In their relatively brief existence, the neo-folk/folk-rock band's sound has been compared to 10,000 Maniacs, the Indigo Girls, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Shawn Colvin, but their eclectic approach has appealed to well-educated music fans: they artfully blend bluegrass, folk, calypso, jazz, acoustic blues and pop and rock melodies. Their eclectic philosophy is a reflection of their influences: Clem and Schaefer cite Bruce Cockburn, Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, while Hartness' tastes run toward alternative rock, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. Lead vocalist Murphy grew up listening to 1940s jazz, including Billie Holiday and the music of the Gershwins.

In its six years of existence, the group has played to festival crowds from New York to Colorado and produced four albums for their own Virginia Soul Records label. Eddie From Ohio released its fourth album in 1997, Big Noise. Their earlier releases include I Rode Fido Home (1995), Actually Not (1993), and A Juggler On His Blades (1992). ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: This Is Me

1. And The Rain Crashed Down

2. This Is Me

3. Baltimore

4. Stay

5. Lady Freedom

6. Independence, Indiana

7. Fly

8. Horse

9. Clear And Present Danger

10. Fifty Pounds

11. Alone

12. Adios, Lorena

13. The Bird

14. No Pain, No Problem

15. Walk Humbly, Son

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Track List: Three Rooms

Disc 1

1. Woman Of Faith

2. Loitering In The Lobby

3. Step Into The Outside

4. Minnesota 1945

5. Continents Of Time

6. Fruited Plain

7. Rolling Pin

8. Quick

10. Number Six Driver

11. Irish Dream

Disc 2

1. Old Dominion

2. Stupid American

3. Fly South

4. Atlantic

5. Observation

6. Tommy The Canexican

9. Candido & America

10. Eddie's Concubine

12. Operator

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Track List: Quick

1. Quick

2. Let's Get Mesolithic

3. The Best Of Me

4. Hey Little Man

5. Number Six Driver

6. One Thousand Sarahs

7. Monotony

8. Candido & America

9. Abraham

10. Cantering On Fool

11. Tommy The Canexican

12. Tom Burleigh's Dead

13. Great Day

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Track List: Portable Efo Show

Disc 1

1. You & Me In A Rowboat To Rio

2. One

3. Jack Can't Cook

4. Not Enough Gold In The World

5. Very Short Fuse

6. Imagine Me

7. Payday In The Village

8. Bookends

9. 30 Second Love Affair

10. The New James Bond

11. Operator

13. The Three Fine Daughters Of Farmer Brown

Disc 2

1. Star Spangled Banner

2. This My Town

3. Very Fine Funeral

4. If I Had A Boat

5. Walkin' In Jerusalem

6. Smoke

7. The Bridge

8. Oh My Brother

9. The Train Song

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Track List: Big Noise

1. Gravity

2. I Don't Think I Know Me

3. Boomerang

4. Omar's Got A Problem

5. Juan In The Rearview Mirror

6. No Left Turns In Jersey

7. Simile Song

8. Under David's Feet

9. Big Noise

10. Bowling In The Hills

11. Margot Fonteyn

12. Undone

13. Observation

14. The Train Song

15. The New James Bond

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Track List: I Rode Fido Home

1. This My Town

2. Miss Fritchie

3. Oh My Brother

4. The Bridge

5. Bookends

6. Mistress Snow & Mary Jane Green

7. Moons Of Jupiter

8. Rolling Pin

9. Soup Comes Cheap

10. Jerusalem

11. Catchers Drummers Anchormen

12. You & Me In A Rowboat To Rio

13. When The Last Page Is Turned

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Track List: A Juggler On His Blades

1. Fly South

2. Bones Of A Lifetime

3. Revolution

4. Payday In The Village

5. Porchlight

6. Joe's Gas

7. Cleo And Tony

8. Step Into The Outside

9. Hail Mary

10. The Ghost

11. That 7-11 Song

12. If I Were A Flintstone

13. Long Walk Home

14. Our Fair City

15. Very Fine Funeral

16. Blue Jeans

17. The Candidate

18. Doin' Time Under The Lifeguard Stand

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Track List: Actually Not

1. North Pacific Rain

2. Fruited Plain

3. Sahara

4. Hojo's On Waukegan

5. Mimosas In Missouri

6. One

7. The Three Fine Daughters Of Farmer Brown

8. Santa Margherita

9. Imagine Me

10. Porter's Tale

11. It Ain't Worth

12. Continents Of Time

13. Red Footprints

14. Falling Rock

15. How Far To The Water

16. Ginger Faye

17. Away-O

18. Betty Don't Use That Gun

19. Very Short Fuse

20. In Paradise

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AWWWW!!!!
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skipjensen
Love me some EFO! Been a dedicated Ed Head since first seeing them in 1992 @ Bad Habits!
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Love the music
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getar
Went to their show last night at the Birchmere in VA. . They're still in great form. Still sounding great!
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jsu0714p
Hi
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Perhaps....t h e Peter, Paul, and Mary....of the next generation?!
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tfussrn
Please update this bio. Their "relatively short existence "? Love EFO though, especially when performing with Jake Armerding.
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jeremy9940
Mimosas in missouri has parts of a Yanni song in it.
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Love me some EFO. You must see them live. You will love the music and the humor. They are all super nice people and Michael Clem is just plan nuts!
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bongomanjams
Love EFO! I've been following them since 1992 and being a professional percussionis t , I am always in awe of Eddie's talent. I've had the opportunity to jam with the bands accoustic unplugged sets on their last 2 Fan Cruises. All I can say is wow. What a thrill.
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shoph33r
This is who I use as a reference band when tuning speakers on tour. Turned many a person across the nation on to these fantastic musicians and even better people. Got turned on to them myself when they played The Bottom Line in NYC
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Thanks Pandora for turning me on to Eddie for Ohio. They seem to fit the type of music I enjoy.
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jimj990
This bio is more than a decade out of date--it was written before Pandora existed!
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tfussrn
EFO is great listening and even better live. How about updating their Bio, though, Pandora. I don't think being formed in 1991 still qualifies as a "relatively brief existence!"
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loved the song horse
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ackerbex3
"Catchers, Drummers..." makes me think that this is what James Taylor would sound like if he was a quartet!
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golgi_ap
Spent so many Thursday nights watching them at Bad Habits in Arlington, VA. Good times
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Listen to them sing "Oh My Brother." It may change your life.
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Saw them live quite a few time - always great!!
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This song just puts a smile on your face
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cdbtrump
This band is amazing live. Worth the drive for a show.
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Love their music, always fun to see them live in concert. Helps that one of the singers grew up three houses down from me.
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ackerbex3
Great harmony!!
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After only hearing this one cut, When The Last Page Is Turned--Eddi e From Ohio reminds me of the harmonies and style of Chad and Jeremy from several decades ago.
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these guys seem alright not to crazy about the name though
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This group is amazing! Everytime I listen to them they give me chills, make me cry and make me laugh!!! :)
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takahomsak
Also Check out GIRLYMAN.... . . . . . t h e r e are some similarities . . . i f you like harmony..... . .
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they remind me of Timbuk 3
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I'll tell my niece from that area and that should fill a bar if not a stadium. This is Me vs Three Rooms...lets vote! RLH

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